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Esther KammienEsther C. Kammien, 86, passed away Feb. 26 at Ridgewood Care Center.

Born in Mount Pleasant on May 18, 1930, Esther is the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Nee: Vernel) Mandli.

On April 1, 1950, she married Jack D. Kammien, who preceded her in death, April 27, 1997. She will be remembered fondly for her singing while doing the dishes, her fashion design drawings, cheering on her kids, and her great love and devotion to her family.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Kathy Running, Karen (Joseph) Covelli, Sherry Olszewski, Susan (Gregg) Pofahl, Lorri Kammien, Jack (Heather) Kammien, Lynn Kammien; fourteen grandchildren, Jacklyn Larson (Andy Jansta), Perry (Danielle) Running, Emilio (Becky) Covelli, Nicoletta (Steve) Krack, Paulina (Dean) Aceto, Wally Olszewski (Chelsy Hammill), Aaron (Amanda) Olszewski, Scott Pofahl, Sarah Pofahl (Kevin Bednar), Jack and Eliza, Michael Zember, Randy Zember (Allison Smith), Terry “TJ” (Brielle), Brady; 17 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Jenny; brothers, Paul (Rosemary) Mandli, Alex (Jean) Mandli; sisters-in-law, Jean Mandli, Beverly Mandli; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband, son Terry Kammien; brothers, Stephen (Julia) Mandli, Joseph (Gloria) Mandli, Frank (Ann) Mandli, John Mandli, Peter Mandli; sisters, Mary (Edmond) Buisse, Elizabeth (Edward) Dahse Sr., Julia (Walter) Wozniak, Anna (Ora) Putman, and Helen Mandli.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, 803 Main St. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park, 9000 Washington Ave. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m.

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